Harkamaljot Kandail

It's impossible only if it breaks a law of Thermodynanics."

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Education and Qualifications

DateQualifications
2016 - Present

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

2012 - 2016

PhD and DIC in Chemical Engineering

Imperial College London, UK

2008 - 2012
 

MEng (Hons.) and ACGI in Chemical with Nuclear Engineering

Imperial College London, UK

Research Interests

Applied mathematical modelling, more specifically, amalgamation of clinical imaging modalities such as CT and MRI with computational cardiovascular haemodynamics. The main objective of my research is to elucidate the role of blood flow in cardiovascular disease progression such as atherosclerosis and AAA; along with designing novel biomedical devices to treat these diseases. Current approaches include computational fluid and solid mechanics along with fluid-structure interaction. 

Project Title

Computational Analysis of Stent-Graft Designs for Endovascular Repair of Complex Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. 

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is a minimally invasive treatment procedure for AAA; however until recently some patients were unsuitable for EVAR due to adverse aortic neck morphology. Fenestrated- and branched-EVAR is an evolution of EVAR where AAA is treated using fenestrated stent-grafts (FSG) and branched stent-grafts (BSG), respectively. FSG shows promising short to mid-term results but the question of long term durability remains unanswered. Part of this PhD project is to answer the question of durability of FSG by simulating perioperative changes in blood flow in AAA as well as renal and iliac arteries. BSG are novel stent-grafts which are still in the design phase, therefore the second objective of this PhD project is to assess the functionality of BSG and to quantify their performance against FSG. Answering these aforementioned questions will enable to broaden the scope of endovascular surgery for AAA patients.

Supervisors

Prof Xiao Yun Xu

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Mo Hamady

Department of Interventional Radiology, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London, UK

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Kandail, H., Hamady, M. and Xu, X. Y. (2016). “Haemodynamic Functions of Fenestrated Stent-Graft under Resting, Hypertension and Exercise Conditions.” Frontiers in Surgery, DOI: 10.3389/fsurg.2016.00035.

Kandail, H., Hamady, M. and Xu, X. Y. (2016). “Effect of Flared Renal Stent on the Performance of Fenestrated Stent-Grafts at Rest and Exercise Conditions.” Journal of Endovascular Therapy, DOI: 10.1177/1526602816651425.

Kandail, H., Hamady, M. and Xu, X. Y. (2015). “Comparison of Blood Flow in Branched and Fenestrated Stent-grafts for Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.” Journal of Endovascular Therapy 22, 578-590.  

Kandail, H., Hamady, M. and Xu, X. Y. (2014). “Patient-specific Analysis of Displacement Forces Acting on Fenestrated Stent Grafts for Endovascular Aneurysm Repair.” Journal of Biomechanics 47, 3546-3554. 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Kandail, H., Hamady, M. and Xu, X. Y. (2014). “Patient-specific Analysis of Drag Forces in Fenestrated Stent Graft for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Effect of Exercise and Hypertension.” International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 9 (Suppl 1), S43-S44.   

Conferences 

  • Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference (SB3C 2015), Snowbird resort, Utah, USA, 17-20 June 2015 (Podium presentation). 
  • 27th Annual scientific meeting of British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR 2014), BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, UK, 12-14 November 2014 (Podium presentation). Presentation link.
  • 7th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB 2014), John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 6-11 July 2014 (Podium presentation). 
  • 28th International Congress of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS 2014), Fukuoka International Congress Center, Fukuoka, Japan, 25-28 June 2014 (Podium presentation). 
  • 26th Annual scientific meeting of British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR 2013), Manchester Central Convention Centre, Manchester, UK, 13-15 November 2013 (Podium presentation). Presentation link.
  • 37th Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB 2013), University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, 4-7 September 2013 (Poster presentation).
  • 19th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB 2013), University of Patras, Patras, Greece, 25-28 August 2013 (Podium presentation). 

Teaching Experience

  • Taught batch processing experiment (3rd year, Discovery laboratory) for 2014-15 academic session. Main teaching emphasis was on demonstrating UG students how to scale-up synthesis procedure for a commercial chemical (Methyl Salicylate) from laboratory to pilot  to industrial scale. 
  • Taught various Foundation (1st year) and Knowledge (2nd year) laboratory experiments including Rankine cycle, Feedback control, Convection and radiation, Refrigeration cycle, Vapour pressure, Mixing of miscible and immiscible liquids, Flow lines and Residence time distribution in CSTRs and PFRs.
  • Organised and supervised rig building exercise in 2013-14 and 2014-15 for first year undergraduate students in Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London. 
  • GTA for 2013 summer school programme for Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA. Was actively involved in organisation, super vision and teaching of 2014 and 2015 summer school where we hosted around 50 students from Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA and Cornell University, NY, USA. 
  • Taught separation processes to MEng students from Cornell university during summer of 2015. Main teaching emphasis was on binary distillation. 

Awards and other Achievements

  • Fully funded PhD scholarship awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  • Winner of judges' prize for best oral presentation given at Chemical engineering PhD symposium 2015. Symposium link.
  • 2014 Chemical engineering departmental GTA of the year, awarded by the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London. 
  • Selected as one of the only 6 finalists from more than 700 PhD students worldwide who submitted an abstract to 2014 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) doctoral level student paper competition (Theme: Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics).
  • Science prize for the best performance by a first time A-Level student, awarded by Mander Portman Woodward Independent College.

Extracurricular Activities and Hobbies

In the past, I have volunteered at Cal-Wood Education Centre in Jamestown, CO, USA where I worked on forest management projects along with trail and general maintenance. Whilst at Cal-Wood, I was fortunate enough to shadow teachers and experienced how to creatively design interactive and experiential lessons which were specific to the features of Cal-Wood's natural landscape.

I am an avid mountain biking, snooker and formula 1 fan. I am also a self-confessed World traveller, eastern most country I have been to is Japan while the western most country I have been to is USA (Alaska in USA to be specific). Next on the travel list is a trip to Australia and New Zealand. 

Contact Details

Office

ACEX 1M17, Department of Chemical Engineering

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

London, SW7 2AZ, UK

Office Phone 

+44 (0)207 594 2562

Email
Harkamaljot.Kandail08@imperial.ac.uk